The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Future First

Our mission is to see every state school and college in the UK supported by a thriving and engaged alumni community.

Access to relatable role models broadens students’ horizons, helping them to imagine a world beyond their own. Having grown up in the same community and sat in the same classrooms former students are ideal volunteers to be such role models.

For generations, private schools and universities have effectively harnessed the talent, time and support that former students can offer. Since 2009, Future First has been making it easier for state schools and colleges to do the same.

Future First has developed a robust process for helping schools develop sustainable alumni communities- engaging both this year’s leavers and former students who have lost touch – using a secure online platform to support that connection.

The work of Future First is a collaboration between our expert team, school staff, students, employers and alumni. Future First has a team of dedicated Alumni Officers who work with schools and colleges to help them build and manage their community of former students. Alumni Officers are experts in their field and offer practical support and advice for school staff.

We take an enabling approach. We work with schools and colleges to embed alumni engagement across the fabric of the school and lives of the students so that each network is sustainable and accessible for generations to come.